Location: it was walkable but not that near the train station, especially if you have luggage. But Peter fetched us and sent us there when we left, and we didn't travel out of Kandersteg while we were there, so wasn't a problem.
Surroundings: The house is in the middle of a field which was blooming with flowers when we were there in June. Waterfall, river, cliffs - I never thought it would be possible to stay at such a location without pitching my own tent.
The house: restored to a good sturdy state but retaining the charm. Yes, the wooden stuff creaks, but that's part of the charm. The house itself was like an attraction for us with all its lovely details.
The hosts: welcoming, friendly, accommodating and attentive. Special mention - first night dinner we mentioned we don't take alcohol, then on the second night they prepared two types of desserts; one with and one without alcohol. That says a lot.
The room: we got the triple room Arnica, which was on the second floor. It had a low ceiling, which suits us short folks just fine, but still run the risk of bumping our heads. Beds and pillows were comfortable and clean, and we slept well. There was a multi outlet plug board for charging all our gadgets. One window opens to a field. Another window on the roof lets in plenty of sunlight. We wake early anyway, and we were hardly in the room when it gets hot in the afternoon, so that was a good thing for us.
The bathroom: it was right outside the room but for our private use. I cannot comprehend how it can be so spotlessly clean. For lack of a better word, the bathroom was really CUTE. The hand basin had separate taps for hot and cold water. The shower had great water pressure. The water was initially too hot but we later figured it would be just nice if we turned down the flow a bit. Water stays in the shower area and the rest of the bathroom remains dry and clean. Sufficient towels and paper provided.
Meals: breakfast is usually around 8.30am and consists mainly of cold food but there is toast as well. We requested to eat early and our hosts not only accommodated us but also accompanied us at the table. It was delightful with so many kinds of spread and jams which I would never have tried otherwise. And also different kinds of milk, cheese and bread. Dinner is usually around 7-7.30pm. We had rosti and sausages the first night, and the second night I wasn't familiar with the names of the food so I didn't quite catch them. Definitely enough food to go around, and we love how there's always salad. Everyone sat around the table after dinner and had a good time chatting and laughing. Even though we don't talk much, we enjoyed listening to all that was going on at the table.
The pets: I am scared of dogs. But their dog Anchor is a joy to have around. I do get startled sometimes when she brushes against my leg wandering around the dining table, but on the whole I liked her. I generally prefer cats but hardly saw Snorkel around, though she did visit our room once or twice.
The experience: I didn't plan to stay at Kandersteg at first, so I really booked the Hayloft for the experience, and it was totally worth it. It made our Swiss holiday complete. Walking in the area was good too, with great advice from Peter so we could go somewhere less touristy and fitting our level of fitness.
The bad: expectations for subsequent accommodations need to be adjusted
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hayloft is 1200m above sea level, south-facing and stands in about two acres of its own meadowland. The property is bordered by a trout stream and is very quiet; it has its own private access track and there is NO passing traffic. We have a superb outdoor hot tub for you to use. The house boasts stunning mountain views (over 3,600m) in every direction, clear views of glaciers and a magnificent waterfall. The Hayloft is about 1 mile from the centre of the village of Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland. Kandersteg is a rural working village but has a parallel tourist-based economy. The village has all the expected range of facilities without losing its unique Swiss atmosphere. ... more less